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Arms Of An Angel slays them in 1:50.7

04:12 PM 24 Jan 2016 NZDT
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Arms Of An Angel recorded a 1:50.7 mile in the Hondo Grattan
Arms Of An Angel recorded a 1:50.7 mile in the Hondo Grattan
Arms Of An Angel

Leading into tonights harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the $50,000 Hondo Grattan Stakes was all the talk amongst the pundits with the Chariots Of Fire looming large on the horizon.

It was a field chock full of some of the best four year old colts and geldings in Australia but in the end it was left to the brilliant mare Arms Of An Angel to give them a start and a beating in the group two feature

Lauren Panella pushed the go button from barrier ten with Arms Of An Angel and they blazed to the front in a blistering 25.6 which is low flying at any stage of a race.

Allowed a second quarter of 30 seconds, Panella let arms Of An Angel stride through the third quarter in 27.7 before unleashing another smart quarter in 27.4 to stop the clock in a brilliant 1:50.7.

Amaretto held on for second to complete the domination by the mares while Aztec Bromac finished well late for third to be the first male home.

Hot favourite Cruz Bromac flashed late for fifth but put in a few fancy steps near the 400 metres which cost him any winning chance.

While Arms Of An Angel was the winner of just two from twenty three in New Zealand, the daughter of Elsu has been a revelation since crossing the Tasman and joining the Shane Tritton barn.

The winner of her last five for Tritton, Arms Of An Angel has recorded three miles in 1:50 and change in those five wins and is without doubt the best mare racing in Australia at the moment.

To blaze an opening quarter in 25.6 from barrier ten and still go on and win the race in 1:50.7 is an outstanding run and brings her right into contention for races such as the Chariots Of Fire 

The big question now is can she take the step up in a race such as the Chariots Of Fire against the likes of Have Faith In Me?

Have Faith In Me had an easy time of it later in the night in the FFA Pace in 1:52 but ran home in a very quick 54 and 26.2 and still looked to have something in reserve at the finish.

Whatever happens, Arms Of An Angel has certainly proved a bargin purchase for her new owners in Australia.

Harnesslink Media 

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